Public Schools’ Tyranny Grows

By Nathan Barton

For the past decades, indeed, more than a century, the “Public Schools” (Government-run, Tax-funded Schools) have been descending into tyranny and the depths of child abuse, even while claiming to be fighting those things. And education, more and more, has become nothing but indoctrination. The “facts” taught are little but propaganda, while basics (such as arithmetic, spelling and writing, and science has been dumbed down to little but platforms for making “good little citizens” of the inmates and spreading the lies, the indoctrination, and the worship of the state.

That continues in 2017. The Free Thought Project tells us: “On January 1, 2017, the state of Missouri {did}… implement a public school policy sure to accelerate the descent into police state dystopia. The Hazelwood School District put out a memo to parents and guardians stating that, according to Missouri statute, fights at school or on buses will be treated as felonies — which can result in up to four years of prison, fines or probation.”

The next stage of government-run, tax-funded schools is well underway, making them even more indistinguishable from jails and prisons. Or treatment centers for the insane.

And the similarity has been growing, especially for Juvenile Detention Centers, now often called “schools” or “learning centers” or “life improvement centers.” As I’ve pointed out in other commentary, the governments have a growing need to make more and more people criminals. Even juvie convictions for FELONIES for fighting will permanently label and brand the students. And their control by, and immersion in, the judicial and corrections system will likely produce horrific changes in their personalities and lives, and those of succeeding generations. It is a terrible downward spiral.

I spent my last two years of high school in a very small school in rural/frontier eastern Colorado. We had 81 students, K-12: the class ahead of mine had two boys. Period. My class had two girls and three boys. The class after ours had two boys and two girls, and the class after that had seven boys (weird, huh?) With 9th to 12th grade being 14 guys and 4 girls, and since the girls were ALL rancher’s daughters, I think it safe to say that EVERYone in high school got into at least one fight a year. Sometimes nothing more than pushing or shoving, but sometimes with a bloodied nose, bruised jaw and scraped/bruised hands. No guns or knives in the fights, and no teacher or police officer had to warn any of us NOT to go to our lockers or the shop classroom (or home-ec room) to get the knives and guns kept there.

The superintendent who also doubled as the high school principal and one of the teachers and the senior class sponsor at least once asked students to go out to the parking (on the street: no need for a parking lot) and bring their rifles and pistols and shotguns in from the vehicles (mostly pickups) and put them in our lockers, because someone seemed to be eyeballing the place and he was concerned a gun might get stolen from the racks behind the seat of the pickups.

But the fights – over the usual stupid things that teenagers fight over, with hormones and pride and competition running amuck – were usually short and sweet, ending with one of the fighters pinned down, or with at worse a dislocated shoulder, or too much blood on shirts and the floor (usually from noses) that the other students or even a teacher would say stop. Sometimes it was hair, I admit. Guys fought guys, gals fought gals (much less frequently than guys fighting, in those days, but like I said, rancher girls). (And I don’t recall any fights between gals and guys.) And grudges usually weren’t held for very long. You took (and gave) your lumps and life went on: grades and sports and making a living were all more important (most all the kids who were NOT ranching kids worked at some jobs: service station and garage, grocery store, newspaper, etc.).

Today, tales like this seem to be some form of science fiction, or from some lost civilization and society. And even then, in the urban schools, especially in the ghettos and barrios and slums, but even in the suburban ring, back in the early and middle 1970s, there were schools that had a LOT more violence, a LOT more fights, and problems with drugs and guns and knives. I saw some of those at first hand when going to state conferences and events, in Metro Denver. But even then, the viciousness and violence reported today put that of the 1970s to shame.

So, according to the logic of some people, the increasing horror of schools demands more drastic action, like making all these “crimes” into felonies.

But I believe that the opposite is true:  it is the increasing “prisonization” of public schools that is making them more and more evil and horrible places. Treating students like criminals from the time they step onto the school grounds for the first time, until they graduate or drop-out, is a root cause of the violence and viciousness that are a dominant trait of modern government-run taxpayer-funded schools.

The solution is NOT to make schools more tyrannical, more prison-like.  But government is incapable of doing anything else.  The real solution is to free the process of education from the heavy, uncaring, and unknowing hand of government.

And the sooner, the better.

About tpolnathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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